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Tribute to a Bad Man (1956)

 -  Drama | Romance | Western  -  April 1956 (USA)
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With no law within 200 miles horse rancher Jeremy Rodak runs his spread with an iron hand and deals with rustlers even more ruthlessly.

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Jeremy Rodock is a tough horse rancher who strings up rustlers soon as look at them. Fresh out of Pennsylvania, Steve Miller finds it hard to get used to Rodock's ways, although he takes an immediate shine to his Greek girl Jocasta. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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As it really was! A big, blazing drama of the West! See more »

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La loi de la prairie  »

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Robert Francis was originally cast in the role of Steve Miller but he died in a plane crash two weeks before he was set to begin filming on location in Colorado. He was replaced by Don Dubbins. See more »

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Steve Miller: [Upset at Mr. Rodock after witnessing Rodock's hanging of a horse thief - an impromptu "frontier justice" hanging, done without benefit of a formal trial] Maybe I ain't hard, maybe that's why. But Mr. Rodock, you didn't have to hang him.
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Featured in Down on the Farm with James Cagney (1955) See more »

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I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen
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Composed by Thomas P. Westendorf (1875)
Played by Irene Papas on piano
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more than anything else, a love story
3 February 2007 | by (S. Paulo, Brazil) – See all my reviews

I don't agree with the title because Cagney is not a bad man at all. He is just a man that in order to manage his business of breeding horses has to take the law in his own hands where there was no law at all. This western probably did not get the box office results it deserved because James Cagney and Irene Papas are not the actors you would expect in this genre. But Cagney has a superb performance in what is above all a love story, where he is a man with a hard character which becomes more human with the influence of his mistress, Irene Papas and Steve Millar(Don Dubbins, the narrator of the story.), who works for him. Irene Papas's acting reminded me a lot of Katy Jurado. Cagney and Papas are very similar to the couple played by Tracy and Jurado in Broken Lance. The efficient direction of Robert Wise, and the two main actors make this an above average film.


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